How to Get Rid of Black Mold Under Your Bathroom Sink

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  • 1-3 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-250
What You'll Need
Two buckets of warm water
Plastic sheeting
Duct tape
Protective gloves
Respiratory mask
Water spray bottle
Exhaust fan

The manner in which a bathroom is used can make it necessary to get rid of black mold from the room on occasion. By following a few steps, you can know how to undertake the task effectively rather than allowing the sight to create panic.

Step 1 - Identify Cause

Though you will probably need to get rid of black mold from the bathroom because of the humidity that can affect the room, it is still worth using the flashlight to check whether the sink or tub has suffered a leak. If so, repair the defect and replace any damaged property before proceeding. If you have suffered a flood or a sever leak, consider renting a dehumidifier to draw some of the moisture out of the air.

Step 2 - Seal Room

The process used to get rid of black mold can stir up miniscule spores so that they become airborne, making it possible for them to travel to other parts of the property; it is important to seal the bathroom to prevent this from happening. First, remove any items from the bathroom that do not need to be there. Open any windows and close the door before pressing the plastic sheeting to it and securing it with duct tape to ensure that cross-contamination does not occur. It is important to retain ventilation and if the window that leads outside is a small one, an exhaust fan can be used to create a negative pressure to direct any airborne spores in the room outside.

Step 3 - Dampen Mold

To get rid of black mold that is dry is more likely to send spores drifting up into the atmosphere so, if necessary, lightly dampen the surface with a spray water bottle to reduce this problem.

Step 4 - Clean Mold

In accordance with the instructions, pour some of the anti-fungal disinfectant into one of the buckets of water and soak a cloth before wringing it out to wipe the affected surface to get rid of black mold. This type of cleanser is better than bleach which does not effectively kill every type of spore. Ensure that you clean not only the area that is visually affected, but also those surrounding it as miniscule spores can invisibly attach themselves to a surface and store up problems for later. Rinse the cloth regularly in a clean bucket of water. Work methodically to ensure that you do not miss any sections.

Step 5 - Test

Allow the cleaned surfaces to dry naturally, aided by a ventilated room and the dehumidifier. Once dry, visually check the room for any remaining traces of black mold. You should also no longer be able to detect that distinctive musty smell that comes with black mold. To reduce the instance of future infestations, make sure that the bathroom is ventilated properly when it is used.